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College of 

Atts & Sciences 

Spring 2000 

W'hat are the "ingredients" of 
an Oprah Book Club pick? 
On November 4, Bret Lott 
gave The King's Road Writers Series' 
audience a sample by reading from his 
bestselling novel Jewel, which was the 
February 1 999 Oprah Book Club 
featured selection. 

Published in hardcover in 1991 and 
in paperback in 1992, Jewel deals with 
a mother' s struggle for the dignity of 
her youngest child, a victim of birth 
defect. The Boston Globe raved, "In 
Jewel, (Lott) apples his art to a broad 
canvas and produces what may stand 
as his masterpiece." 

During his visit to UNCW, Mr. Lott 
also met individually with MFA 

The King 's Road Writers Series presents. 

Bret Lott 

students, visited a fiction writing 
workshop, and held a question-and- 
answer forum in Randall Library 
Auditorium. He donated copies of his 
books to be sold to benefit The King's 
Road Writers Series. 

Mr. Lott is the author of four other 
highly acclaimed novels, The Man Who 
Owned Vermont, A Stranger 's House, 
Reed's Beach, and The Hunt Club, as 
well as two collections of short stories, 
A Dream of Old Leaves and How to Get 
Home, and a memoir, Fathers, Sons, 
and Brothers. His latest novel Dead Low 
Tide is a sequel to the literary mystery 

Coastal Ocean Monitoring 

Due to the urgency of flooding 
problems caused by Hurricane 
Floyd, UNCW marine scientists 
began monitoring the physical, chemical 
and biological characteristics of the 
coastal ocean in the Cape Fear region 
immediately after the storm. This study 
also includes the plume of the Cape 
Fear River and the continental shelf in 
northern Long Bay and southern 
Onslow Bay. 

"The monitoring project will provide 
important information about a variety of 
coastal ocean features and processes," 
said Dr. Larry Cahoon, professor of 
biological sciences and Coastal Ocean 
Monitoring principal investigator. "As 
the nation's population and economic 
activities are increasingly concentrated 
near the coasts, proper stewardship of 

our coastal resources will require 
routine collection of important data, 
leading to better knowledge and 
understanding, which will in turn 
improve forecasting and management." 
The first major efforts made by this 
project include a variety of responses to 

pholo hs Inn W.ill 

Larry Cahoon and colleague 
testing water samples 

the flooding caused by Hurricane Floyd. 

including assessments of water quality 

impacts on the Cape Fear River Estuary 

photo by Mami Rothschild 

The Hunt Club and is due out soon. 

After an early religious experience, 
Mr. Lott said he "went home to 
Southern California to study Marine 
Biology, then quit and became an RC 
Cola salesman, then went back to 
school to become an English major, and 
took a creative writing class." He 

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and nearby ocean, surveillance for algal 
blooms that may result from flood- 
driven nutrient loading, analysis of 
impacts on fishes and bottom-dwelling 
animals, assessment of pollutant loading 
effects, and studies of impacts on 
marine birds and mammals. 

According to Dr. Cahoon, early 
results indicate major impacts on levels 
of dissolved oxygen, turbidity, and 
chemical composition of river water 
flowing into the sea. These studies 
have also been supported by additional 
resources made available from the UNC 
Sea Grant program, the National Sea 
Grant Program, the National Undersea 
Research Center at UNCW. and the 
Duke-UNC Oceanographic Consortium 
in response to the flooding event. 

The scientific team working on the 
coastal ocean monitoring project 

Continued on next page. . . . .^iaiifea*. 


Dean 's Remarks 

CAS Survives Hurricane Floyd 


Jo Ann Seiple 

photo by Kathy Rugoff 

A series of hurricanes, ending most 
notably with Hurricane Floyd, 
posed a myriad of challenges to the 
College of Arts and Sciences in the 
fall, but the CAS not only survived the 
onslaught of storms, but also 
performed admirably in spite of them. 
Lost time resulting from canceled 
classes was regained through the 
cancellation of fall break and the 
usually open reading day before final 
exams. The course withdrawal period 
was extended to accommodate 
students who needed more time to see 
if they could pass their classes. Many 
professors scheduled special review 
sessions before final exams to help 
their students tie the semester' s course 
work together. 

The opening of the new Center for 
Marine Science at Myrtle Grove has 
been delayed, and for a period. 

construction of the college's new 
classroom building was put on hold 
while legislators debated ways to fund 
the region's recovery from the 
widespread regional devastation 
caused by Hurricane Floyd. 
Thankfully, that building project is back 
on track, and ground will be broken 
sometime in late March or early April. 

A number of CAS events were 
also either canceled or delayed, but 
there were some triumphant successes 
as well. Attendance at the Music 
Department's concerts rose by 45% 
from the previous fall, with many 
audiences ranging from 400 to 600 
attendees. The Department of Art and 
Theatre's production of Shakespeare's 
Much Ado about Nothing had to 
schedule extra performances, as sell- 
out audiences packed the Standing 
Room Only theatre to see the witty 
and creative adaptation directed by 
Dr. Renee Vincent. The 
department' s visiting artist, oil painter 
Helen Mirkil, was also well-received 
by students and townspeople at her 
October show of self-portraits, as well 
as her evening presentation and 
reception. Author Bret Lott dazzled a 
packed audience during the 
Department of Creative Writing's first 
public reading in The Kings Road 

Writing Series. The semester ended 
on a joyful note as more than 600 
people jammed the Warwick Center 
Ballroom for a special free screening 
of It's A Wonderful Life sponsored by 
the Film Studies Program in 
December. Frank Capra, Jr., and 
sons Jonathan and Frank, III, were 
on hand to sign autographs during the 
pre-screening reception and to discuss 
the production after showing the 
family ' s own print of the film. 

Successes weren't limited only to 
the college's arts program, however. 
By the end of December, 36 CAS 
faculty had obtained more than 
$3,240,000 in funding from external 
grants to support their research. We 
expect equal funding success 
throughout the spring and early 
summer, as a number of other major 
projects are expected to receive 

The spring semester is also the 
college's prime time for recruiting new 
faculty. This year we are searching for 
23 new tenure-track faculty in 13 
departments, as well as new chairs for 
the Departments of PoUtical Science 
and Mathematics and Statistics. 

Much more will be happening as 
well, but I will save that news until 
next time. 


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includes several working groups 
focusing on more specific aspects of 
coastal ocean science. Each of these 
components is complemented by other 
ongoing projects, so the net return 
from this effort is multiplied. 

"We hope this project will evolve 
into a larger, more comprehensive 
monitoring effort with additional 
partners and collaborations," said Dr. 
Gaboon. "Regional and national-level 
scientists and policy makers have 
begun to come to consensus that 

comprehensive ocean monitoring is an 
important national need, so we look for 
this program to become a model for 
the larger efforts that need to follow." 

Faculty working on the program 
include group leaders: Dr. Michael 
Mallin, research scientist, UNCW 
Center for Marine Science; Dr. Steve 
Skrabal, assist.professor of chemistry; 
Dr. Lynn Leonard, assoc. professor 
of earth sciences; Dr. David 
Lindquist, curator of fishes of 
biological sciences; Dr. Steve 
Emslie, assist, professor of biological 

sciences; Dr. Fred Bingham, assoc. 
professor of physics and physical 
oceanography; and Dr. Art Spivack, 
professor of earth sciences. Also 
assisting with the project is is Dr. Lian 
Xie, assist, professor of physical 
oceanography, NC State. A total of 20 
faculty are involved. 

UNCW has received a grant of 
$730,000 from the National Oceanic 
and Atmospheric Administration's 
Oceanic and Atmospheric Research 
Office for first-year funding of the 
Coastal Ocean Monitoring Program. 


Internship Anyone?... 

Internships at the UNCW are 
designed to provide students who 
are juniors and seniors an opportunity 
to gain valuable hands-on experience 
in the workplace while simultaneously 
earning academic credit toward 
graduation. During the fall semester of 
1999, one hundred twenty-seven 
students took advantage of this 
opportunity. Of these, ninety-two 
students came from nine majors within 
the College of Arts and Sciences, 
including art, communication studies, 
computer science, English, 
environmental sciences, foreign 
languages and literature, political 
science, recreation, and theatre. 

Two students in environmental 
science completed a particularly 
challenging internship abroad recently. 
Working for the Belize Audubon 

Ashley Hutchins working on educational signs 

for the Green Knowledge Trail in the 

Cockscomb Wildlife Sanctuary in Belize. 

Society, seniors Ashley Hutchens 
and Lila Thomas spent thirteen 
weeks at the Cockscomb Wildlife 
Sanctuary and Preserve deep in the 
jungle of Belize. The park, six miles 
from the nearest Mayan village, is a 
120,000-acre haven for jaguars, 
pumas, ocelots, jaguarondis, margays, 
and other wild animals. 

Part of Ashley and Lila's duties 
included developing environmental 
education materials to be distributed in 
the Mayan schools of Belize. They 

also helped maintain the park's main 
trail and developed informational signs, 
which were posted along the trail for 
tourists visiting the park. 

Constantly battling mosquitoes and 
living in a two-room cabin with no 
phone, no electricity, and no hot water, 
Ashley and Lila's living conditions 
were far from luxurious. In fact, they 
had to wash their clothes on a wash- 
board in a river. Nonetheless, "The 
whole experience was great," 
commented Ashley. "I wasn't ready to 
come back." When asked about what 
she gained from her time in the jungle, 
Ashley disclosed, "...strength and a 
great sense of independence. You also 
learn to appreciate what you have here 
in America." When asked if she 
would do it again, Ashley responded, 
"In a heartbeat!" 

Gerontology Program ...Emergency Preparedness. 

How older adults in southeastern 
North Carolina dealt with 
emergency preparedness measures 
during this year's hurricanes is one 
focus of the UNCW Generations 
Together Service Learning Project, 
which will be conducted January 2000. 

The study, conducted by the 
Gerontology Program, is in conjunction 
with Project ROAR (Raising Older 
Adults Rights), a collaborative project 
involving public and private sector 
human service agencies in New 
Hanover County. 

Students enrolled in the studying 
for a post-baccalaureate certificate, as 
well as undergraduate students, will 
interview older adults. Through a 
series of conversations, students will 
collect and analyze participants' life 
histories as well as their experiences 
dealing with hurricanes and readiness 
efforts. The project is being funded 

Eleanor Covan 

through a grant from the University of 
Pittsburgh/Association for Gerontology 
in Higher Education. 

"This is an important project that 
will provide practical hands-on training 
for students and gather much-needed 
infonnation in the planning efforts of 
service providers related to older 
adults," said Dr. Eleanor Covan, 
director of the gerontology program. 

This fall the university accepted 
students for the post-baccalaureate 
certificate offered by the Gerontology 
Program. The program offers students 
the opportunity to remain employed in 
the community while furthering their 
education. Professionals working with 

older adults can improve job skills 
through the hands-on training, 
research, and theory taught in 
program. It complements practical 
skills used on the job. 

Bret Lott 

continued from cover.... 

Strives to reflect his strong personal 
values in his literary works. 

A resident of Charleston, SC, Mr. 
Lott holds an MFA in Creative Writing 
from the University of Massachusetts 
Amherst and teaches at College of 
Charleston and Vermont College. 

The King's Road Writer's Series is 
made possible by the generous support 
of The King's Road, a Wilmington 
shop specializing in fine writing 
instruments, stationery and gifts. 


CAS Alumni... 

Julie Polak 

B.A. Communication Studies '97 

During her senior year, Julie 
Polak completed Dr. Patricia 
Comeaux's senior seminar; 
Interactive Video Conferencing: 
Training and Development. She 
became fascinated with the application 
possibilities of the distance learning 
network of the North Carolina 
Information Highway. Consistent with 
her boundless energy and 
determination, Julie initiated an 
internship in telemedicine in her 
hometown of Charlotte at Carolinas 
Health Care System. Her ability to 
apply what she learned in her 
communication studies courses and to 
bring a human communication 
perspective into a technical world 

made her a valuable addition to the 
telemedicine department at the medical 
center. After graduation, Julie turned 
her internship into a career, becoming 
a full time employee as a telemedicine 
applications specialist. Her major 
responsibiUties include coordinating the 
numerous affiliate sites for 
videoconferences and training site 
coordinators and end users in technical 
and communication skills. Since JuUe 
now understands both worlds 
(technical and human communication), 
she often serves as a liaison between 
technical and medical personnel, 
translating and facilitating 

Julie returns to UNCW each 

semester via the video conferencing 
network of the North Carohna 
Information Highway to speak with 
students in communication studies 
classes. She describes her process of 
initiating an internship and how it 
evolved into a career. In addition to 
demonstrating and explaining the 
appUcations of telemedicine, JuUe 
illustrates how she applies her UNCW 
degree in the work place. She 
encourages students to pursue their 
dreams and advises them to take 
advantage of their college life with its 
many learning opportunities. JuUe 
Polak provides a powerful presence 
for communication studies majors. 
Students rave about their dialogue with 
her. As one student put it: "She helped 
lessen my fears about the transition 
from college to career." 

Julie has made the transition with 
distinction and was honored as the 
department's outstanding alumna at 
last year's annual banquet. 

Charlie Hu 

M.S. Mathematics '95 

Wenlan Lu 

M.S. Mathematics '96 

Charlie Hu and Wenlan Lu, 
who are married and reside in 
Raleigh with their three year 
old son, both earned the master's 
degree in mathematics at UNCW. 
Each earned the B.S. from Huazhong 
University, which is located in central 
China along the Yangzi River. 

After graduating, Wenlan worked 
first developing software for 
physicians and hospitals and then did 

systems analysis as a senior specialist 
at Nortel Networks, Inc. She is now a 
lead analyst/developer for Supply 
Chain Management, where she is 
responsible for implementation and 
support of new software. She has won 
several professional awards. 

Charlie used his teaching assistant 
experience at UNCW by teaching at 
Fayetteville Community College after 
graduation, and then moved to Medic 

Computer Systems as a 
communication analyst/system 
programmer. He next worked at IBM 
and is now a senior systems developer 
at Nortel, where he is developing a 
new manufacturing management 

Wenlan and Charlie both give credit 
to their studies at UNCW with giving 
them the skills at logical analysis that 
have made their careers successful. 


When Scott Ramey first 
came to UNCW, the 
thought of majoring in 
philosophy and rehgion was the 
farthest thing from his mind. When he 
discovered that a 'dyed in the wool' 
sceptic could find understanding, 
support, and challenge in these 
disciphnes, he discovered that the 
major was right for him. 

Scott became a serious student of 
philosophy. Through hard work and 
determination, he transformed himself 
into a highly motivated, well- 
disciplined, rigorous, and systematic 
thinker. He never gave up his 
skepticism, but rather honed his 

Scott P. Ramey 

B.A. Philosophy '98 

skeptical skills in analysis, criticism, 
and debate. He did outstanding work in 
social and poUtical philosophy, ethics, 
philosophy of reUgion, and logic. His 
professors noted his growth and 
improvement all along the way and 
encouraged him to pursue his dream of 
becoming a philosophy professor. 
Scott is currently enrolled as a 
graduate student in logic at Texas A & 

M University in College Station,Texas. 
The same drive and progress that 
characterized his undergraduate 
training continues to guide him in his 
post-graduate studies. Scott's talent, 
hard work, and specialized focus on 
logic with some of the nation's leading 
logicians make his career plans very 

Roger Shew returned to his 
roots, southeastern North 
Carolina, in May 1999 after 
spending 20 years in the petroleum 
industry. After UNCW, he entered the 
graduate program in geology at UNC- 
CH, completing a M.S. in 1979. With 
some reservation, he left North 
CaroHna in 1979 for Shell Oil Co. in 
New Orleans because he wanted 
industrial experience in preparation for 
a career in teaching, and because his 
wife Dale (B.S. Biology '76) had the 
opportunity to work for the U.S. Fish 
and Wildlife Service. In New Orleans, 
Roger worked as a development 
geologist, drilhng wells, maintaining 
leases and developing strategies for 
petroleum extraction. After five years, 
Roger was sent to Shell's research 
facility in Bellaire, Texas, on a two- 
year assignment which quickly turned 
into 10 years. While there, he had the 
opportunity to work in reservoir 
geology and to initiate pioneer 
exploration work in the area of 
deepwater sedimentary systems. This 
work culminated in his writing over 
150 internal Shell reports and over 30 
papers for peer reviewed journals. 
Four of Roger's talks/papers were 
selected as best at meetings of the 

American Association of Petroleum 

During Roger's free time he 
entered the PhD program in geology at 
the University of Houston and 
completed all course work and his 
comprehensives. However, his 
demanding schedule at Shell never 
permitted him time to complete his 
dissertation. He did, however, complete 
a M.S.E. at the University of Houston. 
Armed with his degree, Roger 
organized field trips and workshops for 
earth science teachers in the Houston 
area for several years, and workshops 
for teachers to the Guadalupe 
Mountains National Park through New 
Mexico State University. After 10 
years in exploration and production 
work at Shell's research lab, Roger 

Roger Shew 

B.A. Earth Sciences '76 
Honors: Biology & Geology 

took an instructor position for Shell. 

During his last five years with the 
company, he taught various topics to 
new hires as well as seasoned 
veterans about production and 
exploration geology. Although Roger 
retired in May from Shell after 20 
years, he continues to be active in 
teaching. During fall 1999 he taught 
Environmental Geology at UNCW. 4 
workshops for Shell in Houston, and 
two workshops for teachers in the 
Guadalupe Mountains. 

Roger's success demonstrates that 
UNCW produces top quality 
individuals who often have the desire 
to shiue their knowledge and education 
with today's students. The Department 
of Earth Sciences is delighted to have 
Roger associated with it again. ^^ 


Faculty Garner Research, Curriculum Awards... 

Twenty-seven faculty from 17 
departments in have been 
awarded CAS Summer Research or 
Curriculum Developments Initiatives 
for 2000, while another 17 have 
received the university's Cahill Awards 
to support their research 

Research initiative award recipients 
and their research topics include the 
following: Todd Berliner, English, 
1970s films; Don Bushman, English, 
the collected papers of George 
Herbert Mead; Yixen Chen, history, 
attempts to organize the peasant 
population in China; Clayton Ferner, 
computer science, parallel computing; 
Don Furst, art & theatre, the etching 
of photopolymer copper plates; Hal 
Langfur, history, frontier settlers, 
slaves, and Indians in Minas Gerais, 
Brazil; John Karlof, mathematics and 
statistics, the application of 
mathematical programming/operations 
research to radioactive waste facility 
policy; Xin Lu, mathematics and 
statistics, numerical solutions of 
reaction diffusion equations; Patrick 
McKay, psychology, cognitive abihty 
testing; Michael Messina, chemistry, 
the chemical fate of pollutants in the 
environment; Alison Murray, foreign 
languages and literatures, the effects 
of film on social change in France; 
Michael Perko, HPER, coach 
awareness of the use/non-use of 
dietary supplements by adolescent 
athletes in the public schools; Jammie 
Price, sociology, anthropology, and 
criminal justice, emergency care for 
children in North Carolina; Karan 
Smith, mathematics and statistics, 
effective teaching of discrete 
mathematics in the pubUc schools; 
Lynne Snowden, sociology, 
anthropology, and criminal justice, the 
effects of the 1996 Immigration Law's 
benefit provisions on southeastern 
North Carolina's migrant farm workers 
affected by Hurricane Floyd; Virginia 
Stewart, history, consumer goods in 

late colonial America; and Barbara 
Waxman, English, bilinguaUsm and 
biculturalism as revealed in 

Recipients of summer initiatives for 
curriculum development include the 
following: David Berman, computer 
Science, redesign of CSC 121; Bill 
Bolduc, communications studies, 
advanced video production courses, 
including underwater field experience; 
David Evans, sociology, anthropology, 
and criminal justice, new course in 
environmental crime; Candace 
Gauthier, philosophy & reUgion, new 
course in media ethics; Joanne Halls, 
earth sciences, preparation for GIS 
training workshops for faculty and 
staff across the university; Rebecca 
Jones, chemistry, new lab manual for 
CHM 103; Stephen Meinhold, 
poUtical science, undergraduate and 
graduate courses in administrative law; 
John Myers, art & theatre, creation 
of a digital image database for art 
history courses; Terry Theodore, art 
& theatre, new course in film history; 
and David Weber, communication 
studies, design of case materials for 
inclusion in organizational 
communication courses. 

Cahill Awards went to the following 
faculty to support their research: 
Craig Bailey, biological sciences, 
intervening sequence found in 
chromophyte algae genes; Herbert 
Berg, philosophy and rehgion, early 
Ishlam under three caliphs; Caroline 
Clements, psychology, domestic 
battering; Darwin Dennison, HPER, 
nutrition intervention with middle 
school students; Dargan Frierson, 
mathematics and statistics, statistical 
software; Philip Furia, creative 
writing, biography of Johnny Mercer; 
Lisa Jenkins, psychology, cognitive 
performance, aging, and medical 
procedures; Hal Langfur, history, 
frontier settlers, slaves, and Indians in 
Minas Gerais. Brazil; Pierre Lapaire, 


Dr. John C. Cavanaugh has 
joined UNCW as the new 
provost and vice chancellor for 
academic affairs. 

"All I have ever wanted to do in 
life is teach at the college level." 

As the chief academic officer he 
guides UNCW's scholastic mission. 
For one who loves teaching, assuming 
this administrative job could be seen as 
a departure. "That's not the case. As 
an advocate for the UNCW academic 
community, my first priority is to the 
learning environment. I want UNCW 
to be the best possible place for 
students and faculty to learn." 

Dr. Cavanaugh earned a B.S. in 
psychology from University of 
Delaware and M.S. and Phd. from 
University of Notre Dame. 

foreign languages and literatures, a 
critical evaluation of Philippe Djian; 
Patrick McKay, psychology, task- 
specific information process tests and 
conscientiousness; Michael Messina, 
chemistry, low-barrier hydrogen bonds; 
Gene Tagliarini and Sridhar 
Narrayan, both in computer science, 
use of digital maps in determining road 
conditions and alternate routes; David 
Padgett, biological sciences and 
Michael Messina, chemistry, human 
health risks associated with environ- 
mental pollution; Jammie Price, 
sociology, anthropology, and criminal 
justice, heterosexist attitudes and 
homophobic acts; Paul Shotsberger, 
mathematics and statistics, online 
transcript data analysis; David White, 
chemistry, crystallographic studies of 
chiral recognition; and Ami Wilbur, 
biological sciences, genetic structure of 
locally adapted populations of the 
Atlantic Silverside, Menidia. 


Dobo Hall Named... 

The university has accepted the 
largest gift commitment in its 
history to date. 

Alumni and brothers Gabriel 
William 'Bill' and Robert 'Bob' 
Ridgely Dobo and their wives Barbara 
and Dorothy have established 
charitable trusts which will provide 
$5,000,000 to UNCW. Both brothers 
attended UNCW when it was 
Wilmington College in the late 1940's 

l-r: Bill & Barbara Dobo, Bill Cooper (chair, 

chemistry), Scott Quackenbush (chair, biological 

sciences) Dorothy & Bob Dobo 

Updated Computer Science Lab... 

and early 1950's. UNCW celebrated 
this wonderful commitment on October 
28 with the UNCW Board of Trustees, 
faculty, students, and many friends 
during the naming ceremony of Dobo 

Formerly known as the new science 
building, Dobo Hall is home to the 
Departments of Biological Sciences 
and Chemistry. 

The Department of Computer 
Science celebrated their new 
student laboratory with an open house 
January 4, 2000. This facility was 
converted from an electronics 
laboratory so that the department could 
support updating its curriculum to give 
students hands-on experience with 
specialized hardware and software. 
The laboratory is to be used for 
student research, students doing group 
projects in senior level courses, and for 
upper level coursework utihzing 

software or hardware which cannot be 
made available in general purpose 
computer facilities. The laboratory 
now contains 20 computers, 6 of which 
are dedicated to student 
experimentation with computer net- 
working, network security, and 
operating systems. Printers, scanners, 
and a CD-ROM burner are also 
available in the lab. Plans are to add a 
Beowulf-class array of computers 
working in parallel by the fall semester. 

New lab in Bear Hall 

Kitchen Chemistry... 

Jimmy Reeves 

Anytime, Anywhere Chemistry 
Experience, or 'Kitchen 
Chemistry', is being developed by Dr. 
Jimmy Reeves, associate professor. 
Department of Chemistry, and Dr. 
Doris Kimbrough, University of 
Colorado at Denver. The course in 
which the labs will be implemented is 
designed for professionals who have 
other commitments that don't allow 
them to come back to campus. All the 
notes, assignments and interactive 

materials are to be available on the 

Labs are designed so students can 
conduct the experiments at home, 
performing quantitative measurements 
with household chemicals. Any 
experiments that cannot be conducted 
in a kitchen are performed by graduate 
students in on-campus laboratories and 
put on videotapes which are then sent 
to the on-line students. 

The on-line course will also be 
available to both Cape Feai" and 
Brunswick Community Colleges, but 
students will come to the campuses for 
weekly laboratory/recitation sessions 
taught by their community college 


The distance learning course will 
require more discipline from students. 
They will not be in a traditional 
classroom setting with a teacher giving 
a lecture or reinforcing what 
homework needs to be done each 
week. The course is most appropriate 
for those who know how to budget 
their time and who know the 
impoilance of keeping up with the 

Dr. Reeves is co-principal 
investigator on a $960,000 federal 
grant from the U.S. Department of 
Education to create laboratories for an 
online general chemistry course. 


Art and Theatre 

The department has been a busy place the past few 
months. Art program classes are overflowing struggling 
with the mixed blessing of high student enrollment. A new 
class in collage is being offered, with intermediate and 
advanced paintings classes being taught at the Cowan 
House at St. John's Museum of Art. Teaching at St. John's, 
which was initiated because of the space crunch in Kenan 
Hall, has been a terrific experience for the students — and 
for St. John's. Visitors to the museum have conmiented on 
how it enriches the environment of the museum to see 
artists at work. Students have loved being able to visit the 
museum during class and to paint from the landscape of 
downtown Wilmington. In the meantime, university theatre 
students produced Shakespeare's Much Ado About 
Nothing in the SRO Theatre. Directed by Dr. Renee 
Vincent, the play presented the challenge of staging a play 
with a cast of fifteen in a small studio space. In an 
innovative design set in Little Italy, New York in 1959, Dr. 
Vincent and the design team of Alex Sargent, Heather 
Laska, and Scott McElheney used the Kenan Hall 
courtyard for entrances, kept the sets to a minimum, and 
enhanced the performances with stylish costumes, masks, 
and Ughting. The production sold out every night, including 
two performances added by popular demand. Theatre 
students, operating under their production name S.T.A.G.E., 
also sold out their performances of one-act plays, which 
were staged in late November. 

Biological Sciences 

Six faculty joined the biology department this fall. Dr. Ahna 
Szmant from the University of Miami works on the 
physiology and reproduction of hard corals. Dr. Carmelo 
Tomas from the Florida Department of Environmental 
Protection focuses his research on the ecology of harmful 
algal blooms. Also from the department. Dr. Ami Wilbur 
(UNCW B.S. in 1985) joined the faculty. Her research 
area is mariculture of shellfish. Dr. Craig Bailey (UNCW 
B.S. in 1990) came from the Bigelow labs in Maine. His 
work focuses on the phylogeny of marine algae. Dr. Linda 
Potts joined us as an instructor in biology. Laura Reuss 
(UNCW M.S. in 1999) is now the undergraduate lab 
coordinator. In addition, Cathy Olson is the advising 
coordinator. She is responsible for sophomore and junior 
advisement of biology and marine biology majors. In other 
news, Dr. Larry Cahoon and colleagues began their 
NOAA grant for coastal ocean monitoring in time to 
document the effects of hurricane Floyd on the Cape Fear 
region. Dr. Posey and colleagues received a NSF-CRUI 

CAS Departm 

grant to work on juvenile blue crabs. This will support ten 
undergraduate interns doing research in the labs of six 
faculty for the next 4 years. The undergraduate Biology 
Club has proposed opening a chapter of the National Honor 
Society for undergraduate research in biology. Beta Beta 
Beta should begin induction of new members this spring. In 
addition, the department will make a big splash at the 
Biennial Marine Mammal Conference in Maui, Hawaii this 
year. Dr. Pabst, Dr. Sayigh, Mr. McLellan, Ms. 
Koster, Ms. Hill, Ms. Nill, Ms Meagher, Ms. Stegall, 
Ms. Zvalaren, and Ms. Barco will present papers on their 
research on dolphins, whales, and manatees. Dr. Steve 
Emslie and graduate student Jenny McDaniel will travel 
to Antarctica this spring for their research on penguin 


The department was fortunate to have Dr. David White, 

an energetic chemist conducting research in organo- 
metaUcs, join UNCW this year. He has already been 
successful in obtaining two grants and has started a very 
ambitious research program in molecular modehng and 
laboratory experiments. He has several graduate and 
undergraduate students working with him. This past 
summer the department received ACS approval for the B.S. 
degree in chemistry. More recently, notification was given 
that the option in biochemistry was also approved by the 
American Chemical Society. In addition to a general 
increase in outside funding for chemical research, the 
chemical education group — including Dr. Dick Ward, Dr. 
Jimmy Reeves, and Distinguished Visiting Professor 
J. Dudley Herron — received over $2,000,000 in funding. 
They are involved in exploring new and innovative ways of 
dehvering chemistry education through technology with an 
initial focus on undergraduate education. Dr. Herron is one 
of the leading authorities in the field of chemical education. 
Dr. Ned Martin organized the successful 4* UNCW 
Symposium on Chemistry and Biochemistry. 

Communication Studies 

The department's new entrance requirements took effect 
with the 1999-2000 undergraduate catalogue. To pursue the 
B.A. in communication studies, students must pass through 
an academic gateway that includes a GPA minimum as well 
as demonstrated competencies in two courses: public 
speaking and research methods. Two scholarships are now 
in place for majors. The Betty Jo Welch Scholarship has 


its & Programs 

been established in memory of the program's first 
coordinator. The Shirley Gilbert Farr Scholarship was 
estabUshed to honor the hfe and contributions of the regional 
media personality and UNCW alumna. Students Koyah 
Alston, Nicole Brusik, Heath Franklin, and Thomas 
Phillips are among those who have created and produce 
The Press, a weekly television news magazine. Faculty 
continue to stay active, expanding and developing courses 
as well as participating in conventions and conferences, 
including those hosted by the National Communication 
Association, North Carolina Theatre Conference, Carolinas 
Communication Association, and Popular Culture 
Association of the South. Drs. Carole Tallant and Frank 
Trimble accompanied students attending the National 
Black Storytelling Festival and Conference. Dr. Lou 
Buttino's documentary "Honduran Hope" tied for first 
place in the documentary category in the Broadcast 
Education Association's national competition. During the 
Fall 1999 semester two faculty members were cited for 
outstanding achievement. Dr. Buttino was recognized with a 
UNCW Faculty Scholarship Award. Dr. Patricia 
Comeaux was the recipient of a Chancellor's Teaching 
Excellence Award. 

Computer Science 

The department welcomed two new tenure-track faculty 
members: Associate Professor Gene A. Tagliarini from 
Clemson University and Assistant Professor Clayton S. 

Ferner from the Bell Laboratories of Lucent Technologies, 
Inc. Two new computing systems have been inaugurated. 
They are a LINUX-based environment for instruction, and 
a parallel computer cluster for faculty research. A new 
laboratory for upper-level students is now in full operation 
and providing support for both new courses and updating of 
existing courses. The department continues to recruit 
faculty to accommodate the explosive growth in demand for 
computer science. Dr. Ronald J. Vetter was invited to 
deliver the keynote address at a major conference, the 
Association for Computing Machinery International Sympo- 
sium on Computing at Torreon, Mexico in November. Dr. 
Fletcher R. Norris was named professor emeritus upon 
his retirement in June. 

Creative Writing 

Creative Writing continues to establish itself as a full- 
fledged, vibrant department. Tentative plans are well 
underway for what promises to be a very popular under- 

graduate major and minor. Like the MFA degree, the 
undergraduate program will be designed to combine studio 
workshops with courses in literature, aesthetics, fine arts, 
and the sciences. The department continues to offer high 
quality literary events to the community. The newly created 
King 's Road Writers Series left the gate with an impres- 
sive Uneup for 1999-2000, including readings by novelist and 
musician Clyde Edgerton, poet Carolyn Forche, novelist 
Bret Lott, nonfiction writer Terry Tempest Williams, 
and novelist Bob Reiss. The department continues to seek 
opportunities to aid students and its educational mission. A 
new scholarship fund has been established and Creative 
Writing is poised to begin fund-raising in earnest. The 
successes of alumni and current students alike are being 
celebrated. Nancy J. Jones' book Molly is schedule to 
begin distribution by Crown Publishers in March 2000. 
Lavonne Adams' poetry chapbook Everyday Still Life 
received the Persephone Poetry Prize and was published 
last summer. Jean Stanley's novel, The Hindu Temple 
was accepted this fall for publication by Algonquin Books, 
as was Dana Sachs' memoir The House On Dream 
Street: An American Woman 's Life In Hanoi. Other 
student publications have appeared in such prominent 
periodicals as the Virginia Quarterly Review, The Ontario 
Review, Cimarron Review, Cross Currents, and Fourth 

Earth Sciences 

The department welcomed a new geography faculty 
member. Dr. Joanne N. Halls, this fall. Dr. Halls received 
her Ph.D. at the University of South Carolina in 1996 and 
comes to UNCW from Research Planning Inc., of Colum- 
bia, SC. Her specialties are geographic infonnation process- 
ing, scientific analysis, and spatial modeUng. Under Dr. 
Halls' supervision, a new geographic information systems 
laboratory is being established in DeLoach Hall. The 
department is also conducting two geography searches this 
year in the areas of climatology and geomorphology. These 
searches will replace geography faculty Drs. Rudi Kiefer 
and Jocelyn Gaudet, who left the university last spring. 


Dr. Richard Veit has been appointed as department chair 
after serving as interim chair since Februiuy 1999. Students 
in the English Club have hosted celebrations in honor of 
literary figures, including a 'Keats Birthday Party' and a 
'Lunch with Milton.' In addition to its traditional literary 
repertoire, the department is taking a distinctly international 
outlook. Dr. EHzabeth Ervin was invited to spend two 


weeks at the University of Oulu in northern Finland, 
teaching a women's studies course as part of a cooperative 
program with UNCW. This summer Dr. Paula Kamenish 
will take students to Finland, where, under the midnight sun, 
she will teach a course called 'Northern Warriors: The 
Scandinavian Saga.' Kamenish, a European Uterature 
specialist, also recently took students to study in Paris. The 
department is also offering courses in literature from the 
third-world and emerging countries taught by Dr. Lindsay 
Aegerter, a native of Zimbabwe. Among recent honorees, 
Dr. Barbara Waxman won the 1999 University Award for 
Faculty Scholarship. Waxman has done important research 
in the literature of aging, Gothic literature, and multicultural 
Uterature. Dr. Joanne Corbett, who has retired after 41 
years in the department, was honored as professor 

Foreign Languages and Literatures 

This is an exciting time for the department. It is growing 
and it is moving! Enrollments are up, especially in Spanish. 
The Spanish section is currently planning a graduate 
certification program. In addition to teaching foreign 
language, culture, and literature classes within the 
department, the faculty continue to be active in a number of 
interdiscipUnary programs on campus, including film studies, 
Latin American studies, classical studies, and European 
studies. Furthermore, the department is one of four that will 
be housed in the new general classroom building with a 
state-of-the-art language laboratory. This year Dr. Denise 
DiPuccio, chair and professor of Spanish, and Dr. Alison 
Murray, assistant professor of French, joined the faculty. 
Dr. Murray spent last year in Paris on a Mary Isabel Sibley 
research fellowship studying at the Ecole Normale 
Superieure and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences 
Sociales while researching her book on the cultural history 
of French documentary film. Dr. Maria Cami-Vela 
received a Charles Cahill Award to conduct research on 
contemporary Spanish female directors. As the recipient of 
a College of Arts & Sciences Summer Initiative Grant, Dr. 
Teresita Parra completed an article on the Puerto Rican 
author, Rosario Ferre. Faculty teaching honors include 
associate professor Dr. Lori Spicher's Board of Trustees 
Teaching Excellence Award and Distinguished Teaching 

Health, Physical Education and Recreation 

Newly recruited department chair. Dr. Carl A. Stockton is 

excited about the growth and development of HPER 
programs. Recently the athletic training program was 

approved for candidacy by the National Athletic Trainers 
Association. Athletic training programs are required to be in 
candidacy status for two years to prepare for the 
accreditation visit, making HPER's scheduled for the fall of 
2001. The newly developed exercise concentration 
curriculum will provide students with the knowledge and 
skills to be successful in various careers, such as corporate 
fitness directors, hospital wellness coordinators, or cardiac 
rehabilitation specialists. Current plans are to develop a 
community health education concentration and a certificate 
program in health education. Faculty continue to be 
professionally active in HPER field. Drs. Stockton and 
Mike Perko were elected to the national board of 
directors for the American Association for Health 
Education. New faculty member Dr. Darwin Dennison 
has been active working on several grants, including a 
recently awarded Charles L. Cahill grant to implement a 
nutrition intervention program for rural, under- served middle 
school students. Dr. John Bennett was the keynote 
speaker at the Vermont Association for Health, Physical 
Education, Recreation and Dance state convention. 


The department welcomed long-time faculty member Dr. 
Kathleen Berkeley as chair. Dr. Larry Usilton returned 
to the faculty after four years of chair service. Other 
faculty highlights include the return from retirement of Dr. 
John Haley, the assumption of graduate coordinator duties 
by Dr. William McCarthy, and the addition of new two 
faculty members, Drs. Hal Langfur and Virginia Stewart. 
Dr. Langfur comes to UNCW from the University of 
Texas, stepping into the newly created position in Latin 
American history. Dr. Stewart, from Lake Forest College, is 
the new director of the public history program. Building 
upon last year's success the department anticipates a 
successful conclusion to this year's search for a European 
historian specializing in the early modem period. The 
faculty's impressive publication record continues this year 
with monographs by Drs. Berkeley, Andrew Clark, 
Walter Conser, and Chris Fonvielle and journal articles 
by Drs. Clark, Langfur, Yixin Chen, Michael Seidman, 
and Robert Toplin. Faculty also serve with distinction. 
Drs. Conser, Seidman and Tophn sit on advisory boards of 
regional and national journals. Drs. Fonvielle, Usilton, and 
Susan McCaffray are officers of state and regional 
historical associations. In addition to her teaching and 
research activities, Dr. McCaffray is quite busy with her 
duties as local arrangements coordinator for the annual 
meeting of the Southern Conference on Slavic Studies 
hosted by UNCW in March 2000. 


Mathematics and Statistics 

A national search is underway for a new chair for the 
department. Dr. Douglas Smith stepped down from the 
chair position at the end of fall semester after holding the 
position for more than 16 years. Dr. Wei Feng is serving as 
the interim chair through the spring semester. The 
department has been updating its strategic plan by 
developing strategies for meeting its objectives in enhancing 
the learning environment, strengthening the graduate 
program, further developing involvement with other 
departments, and establishing a statistical consulting center. 
The department also established a student advisory council 
consisting of six undergraduate and two graduate student 
members that has been meeting with the department chair 
to discuss matters of mutual interest. 


The department continues to grow in student numbers each 
year with the success of its programs and graduates. The 
fall 1999 enrollment for music majors and minors was up 37 
percent from last year and includes a large freshmen class 
of talented young musicians. Other department news 
includes a change in degree title for the B.A. in Music, 
performance option, to a B.M. in music performance. The 
new degree title allows for better delineation between 
curricular offerings, which now include a B.A. in music 
(liberal arts), a B.M. in music (performance), and a B.M. in 
music (music education). In exciting student news, jazz 
major Steven Thorne was selected as an 'Outstanding 
College Jazz Performer' by Down Beat Magazine in their 
22nd Annual Down Beat Student Music Awards. The 
magazine received over 2,500 recorded submissions for 
various categories including college and high school 
ensembles as well as individual performers. A panel of 
internationally recognized jazz musicians and educators 
reviewed each submission and selected the top 
performances. Department chair Frank Bongiorno was 
recently selected for inclusion in the International Who's 
Who in Music and Musicians Directory. 

Philosophy and ReUgion 

The department continues to be a leader in teaching, 
research, and service. Dr. Don Habibi was the recipient of 
the 1999 College of Arts and Sciences Teaching Excellence 
Award. Dr. Herbert Berg received a summer stipend 
from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Dr. 
Walter Thomas Schmid served as program director for a 
four-part NC Humanities Council grant-sponsored series 

"Memory and Monuments: Commemorating 1898." Created 
during a Summer Development Initiative, Dr. Schmid's 
postmodernism web site has attracted 36,000 visitors so far. 
Dr. Walter Conser continues his research with a book, 
Sacred Spaces: Architecture and Religion in Historic 
Wilmington. Dr. Patricia Turrisi continues as director of 
the Center for Teaching Excellence, which served more 
than 1 ,200 faculty in workshops and other teaching 
resources last year. She also serves as a consultant on a 
federal Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary 
Education (FIPSE) grant project. Dr. Jim Megivern 
continues to speak around the state and the nation on the 
death penalty, a highlight being his participation in a 
conference at Emory University with President Jimmy 
Carter and Andrew Young. Dr. Candace Gauthier is 
active in the American Society for Bioethics as well as in 
local health care forums. Dr. Joe Wilson is chair of a five- 
year seminar in Yogacara Buddhist Studies under the 
American Academy of Rehgion. Dr. Carol Thysell took 
part in a conference, "Moments of Change, 
Transformations of Christian Traditions in the West," in 
Denmark. Dr. Maurice Stanley chaired a session on 
political philosophy at the Bosanquet Conference at Harris- 
Manchester College, Oxford University, England. The 
highlight of recent public offerings from the department was 
the annual B. Frank Hall Lecture given this year by Dr. 
Fitzhugh Brundage, chair, Department of History, 
University of Florida, a former National Humanities Center 

Physics and Physical Oceanography 

This year has seen a number of major changes in the 
department, including the retirement of two longtime faculty 
members and the recruitment of a new chair. Drs. 
Hildelesa Hernandez and Irvin Clator both retired in 
June, 1999 after 35 and 29 years of service to the UNCW 
respectively. Chair Dr. Curt Moyer. formerly with 
Clarkson University, and Dr. Timothy Black, a recent 
graduate of UNC Chapel Hill, are among new additions that 
also include Visiting Professor Dr. Emile Bernard. While 
teaching continues to be the department's most important 
activity, there is renewed emphasis on promoting 
opportunities for undergraduate involvement in research. 
Helping support such efforts are Dr. Fred Bingham, who, 
with colleagues from biology and chemistry, is the recipient 
of a NOAA award to monitor coastal waters in the south 
Atlantic. Dr. Moyer is the recipient of an NSF award to 
develop multimedia teaching materials for quantum physics. 
Senior physics major Michael Muglia reported the fruits 
of his research on silicon nitiide films at the fall meetinjz of 


the Southeastern Section of the American Physical Society 
(SESAPS) held this year in Raleigh. Still more excitement 
and challenges are on the horizon, as UNCW prepares to 
host the SESAPS gathering in November 2003. Dr. Black, 
whose specialty is nuclear physics, brings some much- 
needed experimental balance to the program. That balance 
will be further improved with the addition of another 
permanent faculty member selected from a national search 
now underway. 

Political Science 

Dr. Tom Barth organized a well-attended symposium in 
November on managing growth in southeastern North 
Carolina. Entitled "Responsible Growth Through Regional 
Cooperation: Focus on Infrastructure," the symposium 
marked a collaboration between the department and Cape 
Fear Tomorrow, Inc., and drew sponsors from regional 
corporations and counties. Dennis Rash, senior vice 
president for Corporate Real Estate Services, Bank of 
America Corporation, delivered the keynote address. In 
other news. Dr. Barth was elected secretary of the North 
Carolina PoUtical Science Association, and Roger Lowery 
is associate editor of The Southeastern Political Review. 
Drs. Stephen Meinhold and Lloyd Jones published their 
article, "The Secondary Consequences of Conducting Polls 
in PoUtical Science Classes: A Quasi-Experimental Test," in 
Political Science and Politics. Dr. Meinhold has also been 
invited to deliver a lecture at the Federal Emergency 
Management Agency Project Impact Summit in 
Washington, D.C. Dr. Remonda Kleinberg published her 
book Strategic Alliances and Other Deals: State- 
Business Relations and Economic Reform in Mexico, and 
Dr. Lee Johnston published two articles in National 


Faculty and students have been active in research and 
scholarship this academic year. Two psychology faculty 
members are leaders in major professional organizations. 
Dr. Carol Pilgrim is president-elect of the Association for 
Behavior Analysis, International. During her tenure, the 
society will hold meetings in both the United States and 
Europe. Dr. Mark Galizio is president-elect of Division on 
Behavior Analysis of the American Psychological 
Association (APA). Dr. John Cavanaugh, provost and Dr. 
Antonio Puente are members of the Council of 
Representatives which governs the APA. Kim Ramos, a 
senior majoring in psychology received a $500 award from 
the APA Division 20 and the Retirement Research 

Foundation. This national award will fund her research 
entitled, "Effects of Age, Depression, and Alzheimer's 
Disease on Working Memory" under the direction of Lisa 
Jenkins and Antonio Puente. The APA is the largest 
scientific and professional organization representing 
psychology in the United States and is the world's largest 
association of psychologists. APA's membership includes 
more than 159,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, 
consultants, and students. Ms. Pam Richman, a May 1999 
graduate of the UNCW master's program in substance 
abuse treatement psychology, received the highest score of 
any person from North Carolina, doctoral or master's 
prepared, taking the most recent hcensing exam for 
psychologists. Currently, Ms. Richman is a Licensed 
Psychological Associate practicing as a staff psychologist at 
Coastal Horizons in Wilmington. 

Social Work 

Several faculty have recent notable achievements. Dr. 
Karen Sandell is working with the NC Department of 
Social Services on two funded projects. One project 
concerns development of a model child welfare curriculum 
in the social work programs at UNCW, N.C. State, and 
Appalachian State for later dissemination to other under- 
graduate programs in the UNC system. The other involves 
a joint program with N.C. State University to introduce the 
use of family group conferencing in child protection services 
in North CaroUna. Dr. Bob Blundo contributed a chapter 
to the newly released Preserving and Strengthening Small 
Towns and Rural Communities and published an article in 
the Journal of Gerontological Social Work. Dr. Nelson 
Reid's book The Professionalization of Poverty: Social 
Work and the Poor in the 20''' Century has just been 
released. Dr. Karen Bullock facihtated a think-tank work/ 
discussion group at the First Annual Multi-Cultural Social 
Work Institute hosted by N.C. State. The 3'^'' Annual Social 
Work Student Conference was held at UNCW in the fall, 
bringing students and notable presenters from across the 
southeast region. The keynote speaker was Dr. Roberta 
Green from Indiana University School of Social Work. The 
program accreditation process continued with the faculty 
working closely with field supervisors and others to 
complete the initial self-study submitted to the Council on 
Social Work Education in December. Next step toward full 
accreditation is a site visit in the spring. 

Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice 

Faculty continue to make important contributions to 
university service. Dr. Richard Dixon has been appointed 


director of Technology College. Dr. Eleanor Covan is 

director of the Graduate Certificate Program in 
Gerontology is also a recipient of the Distinguished 
Teaching Professorship Award. She was recently awarded 
a grant from the Association for Gerontology in Higher 
Education for her project, "UNCW Generations Together: 
Gerontology Service Learning Project." In addition. Dr. 
Lynne Snowden began her first year as president of the 
Faculty Senate. The department sponsored a guest speaker. 
Dr. Stephen Steele, past-president and co-founder of the 
Society for Applied Sociology. Dr. Steele's visit was 
coordinated by Dr. Jammie Price, a new faculty member. 
Dr. Mike Adams, returned to the department after 
spending the past year studying law at the UNCCH School 
of Law. Several criminal justice faculty have been asked 
by the U.S. Attorney's office to assist the Wilmington Police 
Department and the District Attorney's Office as research 
partners in the development and evaluation of a project to 
reduce gun violence. Study participants include Drs. Darrel 
Irwin, Ron Everett, Randy LaGrange, and Cecil L. 
Willis. Two sociology faculty, Drs. Dixon and McNamee 
serve on the executive council of the N.C. Sociological 

Environmental Studies Program 

This year has brought marked growth to the program with 
nearly 300 majors now pursuing B.A. and B.S. degrees. 
Given its increasing popularity, Drs. Jack Hall, Bob 
Buerger, and Bob Cutting have begun fine-tuning the 
program to match student wants and needs more closely. 
This fall they completely revised the B.A. requirements, 
establishing a new core curriculum that includes 
environmental economics, law, natural resource 
management, political science, and geography, as well as 
adding new electives to both the B.A. and B.S. programs. 
Internships, which are coordinated by Cutting, continue to 
increase in popularity with students. Currently more than 
70 pubUc, governmental, private, and non-profit 
organizations and agencies at the local, state, federal, and 
international levels are accepting interns on a regular basis. 
For the first time, the EVS program sent students to intern 
with the Belize Audubon Society, which manages all 
national parks in Behze. EVS students have also been 
working on the development of wildlife preserves in several 
locations. In addition, a new joint degree program option 
with N.C. State was recently approved. A student choosing 
this option will receive a B.S. in environmental science from 
UNCW and a B.S. in environmental engineering from N.C. 
State. Another first for the program has been the 
establishment of an EVS trust fund. The program hopes 

that donations to the fund will eventually provide 
scholarships for outstanding students. 

Film Studies Program 

Unprecedented growth in program interest has doubled 
enrollment in film studies courses and tripled internships at 
film-related agencies and businesses in the past year. The 
program welcomed the Wilmington Regional Film 
Commission as one of the newest intern agency partners. 
The commission will also assist with an upcoming study of 
the economic impact of the film industry on the Wilmington 
area, a joint research project between the college and the 
Cameron School of Business. A film studies partnership 
with Screen Gems Studios and the N.C. Department of 
Labor resulted in the December publication of a 165-page 
North Carolina Motion Picture and Television Safety 
Handbook for students and professionals. Curriculum 
planning continues toward the establishment of a B.A. 
degree in film studies, targeted for implementation in fall 
2000. The spring semester has welcomed a new film course 
for the planned program. Senior Seminar in Independent 
Production. The course is currently being taught by writer- 
director Terry Linehan, whose feature Sugarfoot is being 
produced in Wilmington and is serving as a case study in 
film development, fund-raising, and production. Future 
instructors of this course will also be drawn from resident 
film professionals whose films are being produced locally. 

Museum of World Cultures 

Under the leadership of newly appointed director Dr. Doric 
Reents-Budet, the museum's efforts are focused on 
student projects at UNCW and on summer internship and 
research opportunifies in the U.S. and abroad. This 
semester a group of students is curating a special exhibition 
featuring Colonial Latin American art from the Paul A. 
Clifford Collecfion. Dr. Reents-Budet completed her 
exhibition of ancient Maya art and related public education 
projects at the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art in Toronto. 
Canada, which was voted among the top ten art exhibitions 
in Toronto during 1999. She also completed three articles 
for publication: "Classic Maya Conceptualizations of the 
Royal Court" (invited chapter for Royal Courts of the 
Ancient Maya), "Out of the Palace Dumps: Ceramic 
Production and Use at Buenavista del Cayo, Belize" (for 
the journal Ancient Mesoamerica), and "More than 
Methodology: INAA and Classic Maya Painted Ceramics" 
(invited chapter for a Smithsonian Institution book in honor 
of theoretical mathematician and nuclear chemist Dr. 
Edward Sayre). 


De velopmentC AS .... 

"To place your name by gift or bequest in the keeping of an active educational 
institution is to... make a permanent contribution to the welfare of humanity." 

-Calvin CooUdge (1872-1933) 

The College of Arts & Sciences is 
extremely fortunate to have an 
active and generous group of 
benefactors who choose to provide 
gifts in support of its students, faculty 
and programs. 

Many of these people are 
committed to helping students 
financially. They often express this by 
giving generously to current 
scholarship and award funds to help 
students attend and to recognize 
excellent work at UNCW. In addition, 
new funds have been established to do 
just that: 

The Johanna Howerton Rehder 
Scholarship in Voice was established 
by her grandfather, Henry Rehder. 
Johanna was a freshman at UNC 
Wilmington at the time of her death in 
1995. The scholarship is given to a 
voice student because of her great 
love of singing. 

The John Q. Walker Scholarship 
in Chemistry was established by John 
and Virginia Walker. It is based on 
financial need and merit for a 
chemistry student. The Walkers feel 
very strongly about helping excellent 
and promising students who otherwise, 
for financial reasons, might not be able 
to attend UNCW to pursue a degree in 

Dr. Bart and Peggy Jones 
recently established the S. Bart & 
Peggy N. Jones Award for 
Excellence in Analytical Chemistry. 
This annual award is given to the 
student achieving the highest grade in 
both lecture and lab in Chemistry 435. 
In keeping with scholarship funding 
efforts, two challenge gifts of $5,000 
each have been offered to those who 
decide to give to endow the Fletcher 

Norris Scholarship (in computer 
science). Professor Emeritus Fletcher 
Norris established the scholarship last 
year as an annual award. He was so 
delighted with response that he 
decided to begin funding an 
endowment to permanently establish 
the fund. His gift and challenge match 
was soon followed by the commitment 
of alumnus Kit Cosper to provide an 
additional match on monies raised! 

Other examples of giving to 
existing funds is the completion of the 
funding of the endowment of the Betty 
Jo Welch Scholarship in 
Communication Studies and the 
constant expression of generosity by 
members of the region's medical 
community who contribute to the New 
Hanover-Pender Medical Society 
Premedical Scholarship. 

We were saddened to learn of the 
passing of Professor Emeritus William 
S. DeLoach. Dr. DeLoach was a 
staunch supporter of UNCW and the 
Department of Chemistry, establishing 
during his lifetime the Will S. DeLoach 
Distinguished Professorship in 
Chemistry, the Will S. DeLoach 
Endowed Chemistry Fund, and the 
Will S. DeLoach Scholarship. He 
also provided the annual DeLoach 
chemistry challenge, matching all 
unrestricted gifts to the department. 
He was generous even after his death, 
leaving a major portion of his estate to 
benefit the department's students, 
faculty and programs. 

Donors have chosen to make many 
gifts of art, equipment and other 
materials to benefit college programs. 
Individuals such as Naomi Yopp, 
Jeanne Davis and Jean Willard 
provided much needed items to the 

Department of Art & Theatre, helping 
students present theatre productions as 
part of their course work. 

Garvin Faulkner, long time friend 
of the late Wilmington artist, Claude 
Howell, presented three pieces of the 
artist's work for the Claude Howell 
Gallery. Seated Fisherman, Three 
Men on a Shrimper and watercolor, 
Beach at Captiva are wonderful 
additions to the university collection. 

Beach at Captiva 

Paul Clifford, a long time friend of 
many at UNCW, gave his extensive 
Ubrary to the Museum of World 
Cultures. It includes hundreds of 
important and often rare books on 
Precolumbian, Colonial Latin 
American, and African art and culture. 
The gift dramatically increases the 
opportunity for students to conduct 
high quality research as part of new 
courses to be offered by the 
anthropology and art history disci- 
plines. Part of his reason for making 
the gift, given in honor of Dr. Gerry 
Shinn and Dr. Dorie Reents-Budet, 
is to inspire others to provide the 
Museum of World Cultures with gifts 
of art, but especially financial support. 

Companies and non-profit 
organizations such as IKA Works, 
Inc., Applied Analytical Industries, 
Inc., Home Stay Inn, KOSA, The 
Italian Heritage Society, Wright 


Corporation, The King's Road, 
PPD, CP&L, The Reigelwood 
Community Foundation, IBM, 
N.C. Biotechnology Center, The 
Glaxo Wellcome Foundation and 
others too many to name here continue 
to support the college's 21 departments 
and programs. 

As the Fall 

semester was 

ending, many 

donors took 

part in an evening 

with the Moscow 

Ballet. This is the 

second year the 

company has Chancellor Jim Leutze meets with 

performed the members of the Moscow Ballet company 

Nutcracker in Wilmington. Many 

members of the Chancellor's Club 

attended the ballet and reception 

following the Friday night 

performance, in part to support the 

Department of Art & Theatre trust 
fund with proceeds from special ticket 

In the last six months, 21% of 
college faculty gave back to UNCW, 
often in support of their own 
departments. While most provide 
unrestricted dollars, some also gave 
other gifts vital to 
students efforts. 

Examples of this 
generosity include the 
gift of a variety of 
percussion instruments 
given to the Department 
of Music by Dr. John 
Rack, assistant 
professor, and camera 

equipment and research materials to 
the Department of Earth Sciences by 
Dr. William Harris, professor. 

Eileen Sahlin 

We encourage those interested in 
learning more about estabhshing a 
scholarship or fellowship, estabhshing 
or supporting lectures and symposiums, 
giving to projects or facihties, funding 
faculty development or providing 
unrestricted funds for support of work 
of the College of Arts & Sciences and 
its departments and programs to 
contact us at (910) 962-3111, fax (910) 
962-3114, or email: 
sahhnem @ 

Raymond Burt 
Associate Dean 

Art and Theatre 

Kemille Moore, Chair 
Biological Sciences 

L. Scott Quackenbush, Chair 

William Cooper, Chair 
Communication Suidies 

Frank Trimble, Chair 
Computer Science 

Barbara Greim, Chair 
Creative Writing 

Mark Cox, Chair 

College of Arts & Sciences Administration 
Jo Ann Seiple, Dean 

Stephen Pullum Eileen Sahlin Jeffery Hill 

Associate Dean DevelopmentCAS Faculty Associate for 

Technology Enhancement 


Earth Sciences 

Patricia Kelley, Chair 

Richard Veit. Chair 
Foreign Languages 
and Literatures 

Denise DiPuccio, Chair 
Health, Physical Education 
and Recreation 

Carl Stockton, Chair 

Kathleen Berkeley, Chair 

Mathematics and Statistics 

Wei Feng. Interim Chair 

Frank Bongiomo, Chair 
Philosophy and Religion 

Joe Wilson, Chair 
Physics and Physical 

Curt Moyer, Chair 
Political Science 

Earl Sheridan, Chair 

Lee A. Jackson, Chair 

Social Work 

Nelson Reid, Chair 
Sociology and Anthropology 

Cecil Willis. Chair 
Environmental Studies 

Jack Hall. Director 
Film Studies 

Ellen Wiilters. Director 
Museum of World Cultures 

Dorie Reents-Budet. Director 
Kemin Auditorium 

Don Hawley. Director 

For information about the UNCW College of Arts & Sciences and its departments, programs and giving 
opportunities, please contact the Office of the Dean at (910) 962-31 1 1 fax (910) 962-31 14 

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New Classroom 

After much anticipation, the 
groundbreaking on the new 
classroom building will begin in 
March 2000. This building, to be 
adjacent to Morton Hall, will be the 
new home for four of the college's 
departments, providing much needed 
classroom and office space. The 

departments of social work, political 
science, communication studies, and 
foreign languages and literatures 
should be able to move into the building 
by Fall semester 2001. 

With its 16 multi-media enabled 
classrooms, television studio, satellite 
TV viewing room, computer labs for 

foreign languages and communications 
studies, and poUmetrics lab, this new 
addition will greatly enhance the 
quality of education. UNCW-TV and 
the film studies program will be housed 
in the building also. 


College of Arts & Sciences 

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Wilmington, NC 28406 

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